Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Condolences to Dusseldorf After Air Crash Tragedy

Reading - Dusseldorf Twinning Landmark
In the wake of Tuesday’s tragic air crash in the French Alps, which is believed to have claimed the lives of all on board, as Mayor of Reading, I have today sent a letter of condolence to my opposite number in Düsseldorf - one of Reading's twin towns.
In the letter to the Lord Mayor of Düsseldorf, Oberburgermeister Thomas Geisel, I have said “On behalf of the people of Reading I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the people of Düsseldorf and Germany for the tragic loss of life as a result of the crash of flight 4U 9525.
“Our thoughts will be with you throughout this tragedy. We hope that the kind words which are undoubtedly being extended to you will be of some comfort at this sad time.”
I also led a minute’s silence at last night’s full council meeting on Tuesday, March 24.
The Germanwings aircraft was en route from Barcelona to Düsseldorf when it crashed in the French Alps.
Officials believe 67 of the 150 passengers and crew on the plane were German citizens, including 16 pupils of the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium school in Haltern-am-See, in north-west Germany, who were returning from an exchange trip.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Friday 13 February - Cycle To Town Hall Square

On Friday 13th February there will be a memorial bike ride, starting from the site where Kris and John were killed at Westbury Lane in Purley Rise, to mark the first anniversary of their deaths.

Starting at 4pm, the ride will travel down the Oxford Road, into Reading, finishing at the Town Hall Square, where there will also be a candle service held, (details of which to be confirmed) everyone who knew Kris and John welcome!

There will be someone up front and someone at the back of the group of riders wearing Hi-vis jackets so everyone can ride safely. Please let us know if you will be attending so we have an idea of numbers.

Of course, you may prefer just to join the riders at the Town Hall at about 4.30pm.

For more background information please see the link to the petition.

But, of course, if you only do one thing, please sign the on-line petition.